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Have we reached peak peak?
August 27, 2014 4:44 PM   Subscribe

(SLTheGuardian) "This is an exhilarating time to be alive. All our efforts, all our resources, our consumption and tastes are maxing out in unison. Everything is hitting its peak."
posted by turbid dahlia (35 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Peak, eh? Boo.
posted by GrammarMoses at 4:50 PM on August 27 [5 favorites]


I'm sure part of the problem is that trends no longer have a natural, organic growth and decay like they used to. Now the internet learns about something and beats it to death. Every time. And so there's always a peak something, because we no longer do anything without it immediately becoming oversaturated, overexamined, overhyped. We're always shouting from the rooftops about something or other, and then backlashing about it, and then backlashing over the backlash. The popularity of this particular phrase charts our condition nicely.
posted by naju at 4:53 PM on August 27 [9 favorites]


I prefer "critical mass."
posted by Apocryphon at 4:57 PM on August 27 [2 favorites]


Thanks, Obama.
posted by 4ster at 4:58 PM on August 27 [2 favorites]


Just keep riding bikes.
posted by Invisible Green Time-Lapse Peloton at 4:59 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]


So much peak.
posted by Brian B. at 5:02 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]


Saw the kitten photo, and immediately assumed it was originally a photo of Abbott that had been kittenised by a plugin. I think we can all agree we've reached peak Abbott.
posted by pompomtom at 5:04 PM on August 27 [3 favorites]


No peaking.
posted by Mr. Six at 5:15 PM on August 27 [2 favorites]


We've accelerated the flow of information to the point we're seeing the whole system shift into a chaotic phase. It's normal nonlinear systems behavior, like the transition point when you've added enough heat to a pot of water its flow becomes turbulent and the orderly cycles give way to a rapid, uniform boil.
posted by saulgoodman at 5:21 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]


"Peak Oil" and "Peak Beard" are two different things; "Peak Oil" means a looming shortage of oil. "Peak Beard" means a glut of beards.

It really should not be "Peak Beard"; it should be "A Beard Glut."
posted by Nevin at 5:25 PM on August 27 [3 favorites]


We thought we had reached peak clickbait but it turns out the fuckers keep making the mountain higher.
posted by graymouser at 5:32 PM on August 27 [14 favorites]


One is tempted to yell 'Bullshit!' but back in the thirties Fuller graphed out the rate at which elements were being discovered to point out that discoveries build on each other - and that some point, people were going to be making fundamental new discoveries at an alarming rate - and humanity would eventually either master change and technology or be overwhelmed by it.
posted by Orb2069 at 5:49 PM on August 27 [4 favorites]


Peak pique.
posted by desjardins at 5:52 PM on August 27 [5 favorites]


Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome....coming to a civilization near you.
posted by Fizz at 6:02 PM on August 27


We've reached Peak Chocolate.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:34 PM on August 27


like the transition point when you've added enough heat to a pot of water its flow becomes turbulent and the orderly cycles give way to a rapid, uniform boil.

And we are the frogs enjoying that bath.
posted by localroger at 7:04 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]


Have we reached peak peak?

No, but I occasionally reach for Peek Frean.
 
posted by Herodios at 7:10 PM on August 27 [3 favorites]


We've reached Peak Peak, but there's still Peak Post-Peak.
posted by michaelh at 7:14 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]


And then Peak Shortage. Forever.
posted by Chutzler at 7:33 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]


There is a 100% chance that people will at some point refer to today as the good old days when everything was so much better, so if we're not at a peak we are at least on the downhill side of the hill.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 7:37 PM on August 27


We'll soon reach peak good and peak bad: twin peaks!
posted by rainy at 8:24 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]


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posted by basicchannel at 8:34 PM on August 27 [2 favorites]


I just peaked my pants :/
posted by gem tactics at 8:45 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]


peak over-thinking
posted by Pudhoho at 9:08 PM on August 27


So, if I take this plate of beans, and pile the beans up to a point, I presume I have peak beanplate, no?
posted by pompomtom at 9:10 PM on August 27


But are we getting close to peak pekingese?
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:02 PM on August 27


PEAK ALL CAPS!
posted by srboisvert at 5:16 AM on August 28


I have reached peak peeve.
posted by Foosnark at 6:10 AM on August 28


I dunno, but we might have reached peak Betteridg at least..
posted by Golden Eternity at 6:29 AM on August 28




It really should not be "Peak Beard"; it should be "A Beard Glut."

An Embarrassment of Whiskers.
posted by Panjandrum at 8:09 AM on August 28 [3 favorites]




What was the name of that TV series by David Lynch?
posted by Cookiebastard at 10:28 AM on August 28 [1 favorite]


that TV series by David Lynch?

No, this is peak * peak. That was peak + peak.
posted by localroger at 12:07 PM on August 28


Farfrumpeakin?
posted by GreyboxHero at 2:52 PM on August 28 [1 favorite]


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